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Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford's love story plays out like the plot of a feel-good Hallmark movie. After crossing paths as kids at a Christian youth camp, the pair became pen pals and later reconnected as adults. Then, the childhood friends became romantic partners, tied the knot and went on to live in the English countryside.
The 38-year-old actress and her husband are thriving in their respective careers, with Mulligan scoring an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in the biopic Maestro and Grammy-winner Mumford dominating the music scene as lead singer of the folk band, Mumford & Sons. In honor of their decades-long love story, we're taking a closer look at their relationship timeline. From red-carpet appearances to baby announcements, keep reading for a full breakdown of Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford's relationship timeline.
1990s: The Meet-Cute
According to The Guardian, the Promising Young Woman star first met her husband at a Christian holiday camp, when she was just 12 years old. Mumford told GQ, “There’s a photo of us that first summer we met, and I’ve got bleached blond hair.”
A source also told The Sun that they became pen pals to stay in touch. They said, "Carey and Marcus began sending each other letters through their churches when they were kids."
February 2011: The Reunion
Several years later, the duo reunited in Nashville, Tennessee while attending a Mumford & Sons show. A source told The Daily Mail, “Marcus invited Carey to watch him play a secret show in the basement of his friend Mike Harris’s home in Nashville. She sat in the front row, and while he was singing, Marcus looked down at Carey, and she blushed. It was clear they had chemistry.”
Just a few days later, the pair attended an Arcade Fire show in New York. Per Us Weekly, a source said, "They were whispering to each other and enjoying the show. They definitely seemed like a couple."
Meanwhile, another insider confirmed to People that the two showed PDA at another Mumford's concert at St. Magnus Cathedral in the U.K. The concertgoer said, "[They] were kissing and cuddling in public. They were clearly very fond of each other."
March 2011: The Big Move
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Just a month after their reunion, things got serious between the childhood friends turned romantic couple. In March 2011, E! Online reported that Mulligan left New York to live in the U.K. with Mumford.
August 2011: The Engagement
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After dating for five months, it was reported that the couple got engaged. Per Daily News, Mumford got down on one knee and proposed while they were vacationing together in Somerset, England.
2012: The Collaboration
In 2012, Mulligan and Mumford teamed up to work on Joel and Ethan Coen's drama film, Inside Llewyn Davis. While Carey played the role of Jean Berkey, Mumford voiced an unseen character named Mike Timlin and served as associate producer of the movie's soundtrack.
April 2012: Cue the Wedding Bells
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The couple got married on a farm in Somerset, England, which was attended by roughly 200 guests. Quite a few A-list friends, like Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal and Colin Firth, were in attendance, and the ceremony was officiated by Mumford’s father, who leads an evangelical branch of the Christian church.
According to Vogue, Mulligan wore a backless Prada gown. Miller also revealed that the occasion was “full of love, like you hope a wedding would be.”
After tying the knot, the pair moved into a peaceful home in West London. While discussing their relationship with GQ, Mumford revealed, “Early on in our marriage, we said to each other, 'Let’s make our marriage the priority in our lives. Because the odds are stacked against us. Let’s make that our great work, and everything else can come from that, right?'”
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February 2013: The Grammys
Anyone who watched the 55th annual Grammy Awards may remember seeing Mulligan proudly cheer on her husband after his band won the award for Album of the Year. The pair hugged in the audience to celebrate his win, and when he went on stage to accept the trophy, Mulligan was seen wiping away happy tears.
May 2013: Pen Pals, FTW
Since Mumford spent so much time on tour with his band in 2013, he and his wife coped with the separation by—you guessed it—writing letters to each other. Mulligan told The Telegraph, "Love letters are becoming a lost art form, which is very sad. To have a love letter from someone, to hold it in your hand and know you can keep it for your whole life, that's an amazing thing."
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September 2013: Sharing the Stage
The husband and wife duo got to showcase their singing talents at the Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis concert in New York, which benefited the National Recording Preservation Foundation. Per The New York Times, both Mulligan and Mumford joined other Inside Llewyn Davis cast members to sing songs from the movie.
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June 2015: The Pregnancy Announcement
Though Mulligan and Mumford didn’t make the announcement directly, multiple sources confirmed to Us Weekly that the Maestro actress and her partner were expecting their first child. One source revealed: “They weren’t planning on announcing, but she hasn’t stopped working. Everybody around her is being very supportive.”
September 2015: Introducing Baby No. 1
After four years of marriage, Mulligan and Mumford became parents for the first time and welcomed their daughter, Evelyn Grace. A source told People, “Carey has given birth to a healthy and happy baby. She is just enjoying this time with her family and close friends.”
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June 2017: Another Bun in the Oven
Two years after welcoming their first child, Us Weekly reported that Mulligan was pregnant with her second child, thanks to sightings of the actress in loose-fitting clothing that hid her growing baby bump.
August 2017: Baby No. 2 Arrives
The couple became parents for a second time in 2017 when they welcomed their son, Wilfred.
During her interview with U.K. magazine Baby in 2018, Mulligan said, "What does motherhood change? Well, your whole life—it's undeniable—it changes everything. I don't know if motherhood is always the first thought on my mind when I read a script, but I would suspect it's altered my attitude."
May 2018: Mumford’s Viral Royal Wedding Moment
The lucky couple scored invites to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding at St. George's Chapel in London. And get this: Mumford had a viral moment when he was caught yawning during the ceremony.
During her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the She Said actress recalled, "We were convinced there were so many absurdly famous people that we were not going to be on camera at all. And then, of course, it finishes and we’re allowed to turn our phones back on and we have, like, 15,000 messages going, 'Marcus, you yawned on TV!'"
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April 2021: Mulligan & Mumford Take on SNL
Fans were all too happy to see Mumford crash his wife’s hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.
It started with Mulligan opening up about life during the Covid-19 pandemic. She joked, “I’ve spent the last year quarantining in the English countryside with my husband and my two small children—which is the beginning of most horror movies.”
Then, Mumford appeared, with his guitar in tow, and asked if the show was in need of a musical guest. He said, “If they end up needing anyone, I’m very happy to do it!” Talk about a dynamic duo.
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August 2022: Mumford Gets Candid About Marriage
In his interview with GQ, the Mumford & Sons frontman got candid about his upbringing and his marriage. He explained, “I don’t think it’s like, you reach a destination and then you celebrate. I was brought up in a fairly conservative Christian home, and in that culture—and I hope you don’t hear me blaming anything or anyone for this, because I really am not—but in that culture, marriage is seen as the destination that you’re aiming for.”
He continued, “If you can get there—if you can basically spend your teenage years not wanking too much and your 20s not f***ing too much—you get to marriage and everything will be cool. And that’s just totally not my experience. The reason I think people don’t stay married is because they don’t realize how much work it takes.”
October 2022: The Oscar Bet
On The Late Late Show with James Corden, Mumford talked about how he and wife made a tattoo bet that involves her film, Promising Young Woman.
He said, “When we were in lockdown, she was supposed to have a film come out, after the awards were over, because it was not supposed to be an awards film, called Promising Young Woman. And it is brilliant. [We had] no expectations for it to be an awards conversation, but Covid comes, it gets pushed back and comes out around all the awards films and suddenly there is all this chat about it. And it became this anxiety in our household because now, there is pressure to get nominated, where there wasn't before."
"So I said, ‘Let's make it fun, let's have a tattoo bet. If it doesn't get nominated you have to be branded with your failure for the rest of your life. You get an Oscar tattoo,’” Mumford added.
Fortunately for Mulligan, the film did get nominated, and Mumford wound up getting the tattoo anyway.
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January 2023: Expecting Baby No. 3
Mulligan's rep confirmed to People that Evelyn and Wilfred were be getting another sibling. Following the pregnancy announcement, the Saltburn star stepped out and debuted her small baby bump at the AFI Awards.
October 2023: And Baby Makes Five
In her November cover story for Vogue, Mulligan confirmed that she quietly welcomed a daughter, although she didn’t reveal a name.
The actress also told Entertainment Tonight, "Oh, she's great. Great. Good baby, ten out of ten so far. We'll see how long that lasts."
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January 2024: The 2024 Golden Globes
For the occasion, Mulligan stepped out in a custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown, while her husband donned a black tux with shades.